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Hatari! (24-May-1962)

Director: Howard Hawks

Writers: Leigh Brackett; Harry Kurnitz

Music: Henry Mancini

Producer: Howard Hawks

Keywords: Action/Adventure, Africa

A team of trappers capture wild game in Africa for zoos and circuses, in the days before tranquilizer guns. Red Buttons provides comic relief. Big action mixed with a romance of John Wayne and Elsa Martinelli. Filmed on location in Tanganyika, present-day Tanzania. Received an Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography; three cameras were destroyed during filming. Hatari means "danger" in Swahili.

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Red Buttons
5-Feb-1919 13-Jul-2006 They Shoot Horses Don't They?
Bruce Cabot
20-Apr-1904 3-May-1972 Saved Fay Wray from King Kong
Eduard Franz
31-Oct-1902 10-Feb-1983 The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake
Hardy Krüger
12-Apr-1928   The Flight of the Phoenix
Elsa Martinelli
13-Jan-1935   Hatari!
John Wayne
26-May-1907 11-Jun-1979 The Duke


John Wayne   ...   Sean Mercer
Hardy Krüger   ...   Kurt Muller
Elsa Martinelli   ...   Anna Maria D'Allesandro (Dallas)
Red Buttons   ...   Pockets
Gérard Blain   ...   Charles Maurey (Chips)
Bruce Cabot   ...   Little Wolf (The Indian)
Michčle Girardon   ...   Brandy de la Court
Valentin de Vargas   ...   Luis Francisco Garcia Lopez
Eduard Franz   ...   Dr. Sanderson


Review by Bix (posted on 6-Apr-2005)

I first saw Hatari in 1962 with my wife and our 6 year old son and 8 year old daughter. My wife and I just happen to be watching it again today (4/6/05) on a DVD. The movie is about a group of 5 men and 2 women who are capturing wild animals in Africa to be shipped to zoos.

It is a very entertaining movie with good acting and great action scenes in Africa. It is produced and directed by Howard Hawks, with original music by Henry Mancini.

They don't make movies like this any more. Starring John Wayne and Red Buttons.

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